Franklin's Aphorisms

Aphorism- a short pithy saying expressing a general truth; maxim

Examples from Franklin's Poor Richard's Almanack:

"Have you somewhat to do tomorrow, do it today."
This aphorism is saying that if there are things you need to get done tomorrow, why not get a head start and start them today? That way, you place less pressure on yourself.

Relates to the virtue, resolution.

"Tis easier to prevent bad habits than to break them."
This aphorism is saying that it is best to keep from starting by habits because after you start them, it is hard to break them.

Relates to the virtue, industry.

"A slip of the foot you may soon recover, but a slip of the tongue you may never get over."
This aphorism is saying that if you lose your footing, fall, and cause injury to yourself, it won't take long for you to heal. However, if you were to lose control of your tongue and hurt someone, you will never be able to recover from the hurt you caused to another person.

Relates to the virtue, sincerity.